4/13/2015

How to Participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month Online

Are you asking yourself how to participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month online? Today, there are more options that ever to get the word out. Standing behind survivors of sexual violence in April has never been easier.


Many of us spend countless hours every week on the internet using a variety of tools to communicate or just surf the web. We just may not have thought about how these tools could be used to help others.

This article has some suggestions to help you do just that. Do you want to help raise awareness for sexual assault awareness month online? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Twitter
It's easy to send messages about fun links or status updates about our day. Did you know that you can use Twitter to participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month online? Find your local crisis center and follow them on Twitter. Be intentional about re-tweeting their messages that speak to you to your followers.

Facebook
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has created a list of status updates that can be posted. Choose the ones that you like and post them to your Facebook page or favorite social media site.

Digg
Get the word out during Sexual Assault Awareness Month online by using Digg. Add news articles or links from your local crisis center to their online inventory. This not only lets your friends know what you like but it makes the information available to a wide audience.

StumbleUpon
Add links and information to StumbleUpon. It helps others have an easier time finding out about Sexual Assault Awareness Month online. Using services like this one takes only a minute out of your day. It has the potential to make a huge impact.

Bloggers
As a blogger, you have a unique opportunity to reach a ready made audience. People follow your work because what you have to say is important. Creating a blog post to speak out about sexual violence is an excellent way to tell others about Sexual Assault Awareness Month online.

If an entire article won't fit with the theme of your blog don't worry. You can speak out on your side bar. Choose a statistic from the Rape Abuse Incest National Network or quote one of the status updates mentioned above.

When telling others about Sexual Assault Awareness Month online there is only one thing that you can do wrong. Sitting down and letting time pass you by without speaking out is the wrong thing to do. You are going to be online anyway. Why not speak out in support of survivors while you're at it?

This article originally appeared on the Yahoo Contributor Network and on Yahoo Voices.

3/11/2015

Keeping it between the lines

Thanks for your patience regarding the blog posts. I've been trying to keep it between the lines, and have only had moderate success lately. School is being a real challenge when it comes to accommodations. Most of my teachers are fabulous! But, as they say, there is one in every crowd.

Probably the most frustrating part is in finding out that I need accommodations at all. The frustration of learning disabilities and a head injury is immeasurable. However, they make a huge difference. It would be impossible for me to pass classes without the support. As it is, if all goes as planned, I'll be inducted into the college honor society later this month. It's close on the GPA, but it's close enough to count. :)

My physical problems seem to also be on the rise. I fell again and will begin physical therapy (again) on Friday over the shoulder that I injured. It's the foot drop thing... again.

However, life isn't all gloom and doom. My husband's churches are putting together a missions team to go to Alaska, North Carolina and to Mississippi this summer. Everyone here is excited about the opportunities. I'm determined to go as able.

My churches are great. The early one really helped me on Sunday morning. An ill-timed low blood sugar reaction threatened to derail the entire service. Only I would have a reaction like that just before preaching, right? Not only was everyone extremely patient but church members set about finding sugar sources to bring the levels back up. All was almost well by the time that I arrived at the second church.

So, there are bright spots. My point in posting is to remind myself that life isn't always a peak or a valley. It's a roller coaster ride that carries you through both. It's wild, untamed and unpredictable - both in good ways and in bad. However, I'm still riding the roller coaster and my hunch is that it's the ride through life that matters most. To ride, is to enjoy life to its fullest. I plan to enjoy the ride for a long, long time to come.

3/05/2015

Accommodations cooperation

I have returned to college this semester and am glad to be here. Classes are going well except for math. An accommodations plan was created by the office for students with disabilities.  Unfortunately, all of my learning disabilities converge to make my math life frustrating. Even worse is that my instructor doesn't seem to want to follow my accommodations plan. I'm working on it though and the student disabilities office is terrific. Otherwise, the professor is doing as rest job.

Hopefully the math prof will get with the program asap. She didn't want me to take my exam in the testing center or divide it. She also said that I probably wouldn't need a homemaker. - which is wrong. I'm not sure she understands how accommodations are supposed to work and that's a problem for us both. Saturday is almost here. We'll be talking more about it then. Wish me luck because it may well be needed.